Weaver Pitches and Hits as L.A. Tops Rockies

The Dodgers threw a pair of threes, scoring a trio in the second and fourth innings and moved to within .001 percentage points of second place after beating Colorado 8-3. Jeff Weaver came within two outs of spinning a complete game and set a career record with three hits and three RBI as Los Angeles. Oscar Robles piled up four runs batted in as the Dodgers opened a six game home stand.

An oddity of the game saw the Dodgers 2-3-4 batters go 1-for-11 while the pitcher and leadoff man knocked in seven of the eight runs.

Weaver moved his record to 12-8 and recorded his 11th quality start in his last 14 outings. His batting average climbed to .291 and at the end of the game he had the third best batting mark of the eight starters, trailing only Jeff Kent and Robles.

Weaver had an RBI single in the second, beat out a bunt in the fourth and dropped a two-run single into center field in the eighth. The winner of the "Old Slugger Award" as the top hitting pitcher on the Dodger staff in 2004, as awarded by the Dodger Blue Book, he has made a move to collect a second trophy for his efforts.

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He allowed six hits and three runs -- two earned), leaving with two out in the ninth. Duaner Sanchez came in to close things out. He threw 114 pitches but was particularly economical in the sixth, seventh and eighth, retiring the side on 25 pitches.

For the first time since Mid-July, Weaver walked two -- the first time since July 17 that he's walked more than one game. Jose Valentin and Jayson Werth misplayed a couple of balls in the fourth inning that cost him an unearned run.

One run was in when Todd Helton and his .336 average smashed a shot up the middle but Robles made a diving stop and tossed to Kent for a force at second to end the threat.

Helton hit a hot smash up the middle, but Oscar Robles -- playing short only because Cesar Izturis was out of the lineup with a sore sacroiliac joint -- made a diving stop and threw to second baseman Jeff Kent from his knees to start an inning-ending double play.

Former Dodger minor leaguer Jorge Piedra's homer put Colorado in front 1-0, in the second before Jayson Werth singled, Jose Cruz Jr. walked and Dioner Navarro reached on an error when Helton threw into centerfield on an attempted force lay, scoring Werth from first.

Weaver singled up the middle to score Cruz and Robles' ground ball scored Navarro to put the Dodgers up, 3-1.

In the fourth, Navarro doubled, Jose Valentin walked and Weaver singled on a bunt that the pitcher and third baseman scuffled to get their hands on.. Robles then cleared the bases with a booming double to right-center.

Like Weaver, Robles finished with new career-high run batted in mark (4), as Weaver as Weaver scored from first. He beat the relay by with a classic slide.

Two insurance runs came across in the eighth when Navarro singled, Valentin doubled and both scored when Weaver banged a single into right field.

With his 12th victory, Weaver seems headed for his first winning season in seven Major League seasons.

Coupled with an Arizona loss, the Dodgers are in a virtual tie for second place in the N.L. West, climbing to a .456 winning percentage to trail Colorado who is at .457. San Diego won and holds a five game lead.

Dodgers M*A*S*H* Report-- Odalis Perez received a cortisone injection Tuesday and is probably facing a three-week forced vacation. Edwin Jackson will start in his spot Saturday. ...J.D. Drew began swinging a bat several days ago and took fly balls in the outfield during batting practice Tuesday. There is no schedule for him to begin batting practice. …Milton Bradley nearly made it into the lineup, saying that his left knee felt better after a day of rest but after batting practice, the Dodgers scratched him. ... D.J. Houlton (4-7, 5.24 ERA) will start against the Rockies' Byung-Hyun Kim (3-10, 5.43 ERA) tonight.